Transforming your being from a bug-eyed, drooling fanboy into a groupie followed “It Boy” producer is no walk through the industrial park. Converting your analog dreams into a digital file ready for absorption is similar to repeatedly beating your head on a brick wall. Bleeding will occur and your brain will slowly drip out of your ears untill you are half dead and completely broken as an individual. As you’ve been torturing yourself by repeated head trauma, you will eventually start to see cracks in the bricks, and if you are head strong and never give up, you will eventually burst through the wall like the Kool-Aid man and discover a rave on the other side with golden turntables meant just for you. Stick with it and never give up. It has nothing to do with your gear, the area you live in, or the genre you produce. If you consistently work at it, eventually you can become great and be successful. This goes for all things in life.
I know you’ve been scouring the internet discovering epic tunes and meticulously analyzing them, filling your brain with salivating note progressions and drum kicks that would make a pregnant chick go into premature labor, and this is a good start. Analyzing music you enjoy and breaking down each part in your head can give you a wealth of information. Try listening to a track and writing down all of the sounds within it. This will give you an idea of what a complete song contains. Also, note anything that you do not understand and try to understand it. It could be a rhythm you’ve never heard or a sound that is enigmatic to you. Now discover yourself a piece of software or hardware and try to make a song that contains all of those elements.
Everyone wants to know what the magic technology is that will make them thinner, happier, and more productive but the yo-yo diet system of the production world will keep you uninspired and make you feel like you’re always taking a step backwards. Find software or gear that you like and stick to it. You can make industry ready songs with all software. I can’t tell you how many times some dude tries to tell me Reason sucks or the sound in Fruity Loops is crap. They make a couple wack ass beats and wonder why it smells like a steaming pile. It must be the software. Complete bullshit! Download demos and experiment around. Use whatever you like the best and stick with it. Learn everything about it and memorize keyboard shortcuts to get your ideas down faster.
Producing chart topping hits is fucking difficult. I’m not there yet myself but I know people who are. They are working at it every waking hour and never stop. They keep on keeping on and when I ask them how they made their tracks they tell me, “Oh, I just used two sticks and a rock.” Hopefully this didn’t frighten the hell outta ya and provides some insight into what it takes to be successful. See you in about ten years!